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FYI/Happenings Citizens for the River Saturday, June 22nd Citizens for the River concert and the South Platte RiverFest are joining forces for one giant free admission fest! Time to get outside, Denver! Citizens for the River is a unique urban river festival, packed with riverside recreational activities, live music, food vendors, beer, and more! Take a test ride on this year's newest stand-up paddle boards and kayaks, groove to a full day of live music, or sip a craft cocktail and dip your toes in the river! Citizens for the River is entirely free to enter! Citizens for the River benefits The Greenway Foundation, a local nonprofit that has been dedicated to the vitality of Denver’s urban waterways since 1974.

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FYI/Happenings Mayor Michael Hancock Reelected for Third Term

Michael Hancock won the reelection to serve a third and last term as Mayor of Denver. “Thank you, Denver, for voting throughout the city. To be your Mayor has been the honor of my life and I am ready to continue to work with and for the people of this great city,” said Hancock after declaring victory. Hancock obtained 56.29% of the votes compared to 43.71% obtained by his contender Jamie Giellis, also a democrat. Minority votes widely favored Mayor Hancock. The City Council that will serve along Hancock has 5 new members. Amanda Sandoval and Jamie Torres won Districts 1 and 3, respectively, against officials who chose not to go to reelection. The other three new members of the Council defeated incumbents who were seeking reelection. Amanda Sawyer will serve District 5, while Candi CdeBaca and Chris Hind will serve for Districts 9 and 10. The election runoff demonstrated the voting power Latinos have in the city. Three of the new Council Members, Sandoval, Torres and CdeBaca, are Hispanic and won in districts with an important number of Hispanic voters. Meanwhile, at press time, Paul Lopez, who reached his term as Councilman on District 3, was ahead on the results to become the new Denver Clerk and Recorder.

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Olympic games Denver voters also decided that it will be them, and not the city government, who decide whether the capital of Colorado will be a candidate to host the Winter Olympics, in case that possibility arises. Promoters of Initiated Ordinance 302 didn’t get gather enough signatures on time for the May 7th election. For that reason, they were automatically included in the following elections that were those of June 4th.

Gov. Polis - What We’ve Accomplished During my campaign and at my Inauguration, I promised that I would do everything I could to make Colorado a place where all families had the opportunity to grow and thrive. Since then, we’ve fought for bold new legislation that will lower the cost of living and make Coloradans’ lives better. And...we’re succeeding. I am excited to share our progress towards making Colorado a place for all. Thanks to your support, our legislature has passed and I have now signed groundbreaking laws over the last few months, including: Free full-day Kindergarten: Starting this fall, every child will have access to early education, with universal full-day pre-K and an additional 5,100 free preschool slots. Lower health care costs: Coloradans will now pay less for the care they need, plain and simple. From

insulin price caps, ending surprise out of network billing, new transparency for hospital pricing, and a reinsurance program, we made real progress, because no one should ever have to choose between their health and their financial security. Progress towards transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2040: Improving our air quality and taking action on climate change won’t just help preserve our beautiful lands, ecosystems, and water -- it will power our economy. Our plans to completely transition to clean energy will save you money, create new green jobs, and protect our way of life. Tuition freezes at nearly all public universities: Students have taken on crushing debt to receive a higher education for far too long. I’m proud to have passed a budget that supports our public colleges and universities and will continue to fight our ballooning student loan debt problem in the years to come. That’s why the Aurora Sentinel gave our first legislative session “an ‘A’ for delivering progress.” Gov. Polis signs 7 bills on renewable energy, but what does that mean for Colorado’s energy future? We still have work left to do. I’m looking forward to tackling more issues that matter so that we can build a state where all Coloradans benefit and thrive. Thanks, Jared Polis, Governor of Colorado.

Electric Car Share Location Coming to the Mariposa District eGo CarShare, the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) and the Denver Housing Authority (DHA) are thrilled to pilot the state’s first electric vehicle (EV) car share location in a mixed income community located at Navajo and 10th Street in the Mariposa District of Denver. This includes a dedicated streetside EV charging station that will serve eGo CarShare’s vehicle, as well as provide free EV charging access for the general public. “It has long been a fundamental tenet of eGo CarShare to serve our community in mixed-income areas, and we are excited to take this step forward in sustainability with Denver Housing Authority,” said eGo’s CEO Peter Krahenbuhl. “We expect this initiative to act as a catalyst for many more shared electric vehicle charging stations in similar communities around Denver,” Krahenbuhl continues. The pilot project will launch in the Mariposa District on June 1st, thanks to both DDPHE and DHA. While eGo has serviced this affordable housing community since 2013, the electrification of this location follows the organization’s effort to become the nation’s first nonprofit electric carshare organization. “Electric vehicles represent the

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FYI/Happenings RTD Hosts Informational Events About Quiet Zones nity engagement manager, at Christina.Zazueta@rtd-denver.com or 303.299.2675. The events are as follows:

Public meetings will take place in communities near the University of Colorado A Line, G Line The Regional Transportation District (RTD) and commuter rail concessionaire Denver Transit Partners (DTP) will host a series of events over the next few weeks to provide information about quiet zones along the University of Colorado A Line and G Line. Quiet zones are areas along a railroad segment where train operators don’t have to sound their train horns at crossings on a routine basis. However, even with quiet zones in effect, train operators maintain discretion to use horns under circumstances that require additional safety precautions and per federal regulations. This means that train horns will still sound within designated quiet zones for a variety of reasons. Residents are invited to visit with representatives of RTD and DTP, ask questions and learn when and why they might hear train horns in designated quiet zones along commuter rail routes. For more information or to request translation services, please contact Christina Zazueta, RTD’s commu-

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FYI/Happenings ■ Continued from page 4 future of transportation, and more electric vehicles on the road means cleaner air for our city and more equity and sustainability benefits for our residents and neighborhoods,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “This initiative works to achieve Denver’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction, air quality, mobility, and social equity goals by connecting more of our communities with accessible transportation options such as walking, biking, and public transit, and now EV car sharing.” eGo staff will be displaying the vehicle and charging station during the 5th Annual Youth on Record Block Party in the heart of the Mariposa District on Saturday, June 1st from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. This event brings together the community to celebrate the vibrancy of the neighborhood and work done by Youth on Record. “eGo’s work directly supports cleaner air in the Denver metropolitan area. My first executive order in January was to increase the availability of electric vehicles in Colorado, as well as roll out more electric charging stations throughout the state. eGo’s carshare location in Mariposa helps us all have cleaner air while increasing convenience for residents,” said Governor Polis. “Ultimately, we hope to magnify our impact by piloting replicable and scalable mobility solutions in communities that otherwise would be underserviced,” eGo’s Krahenbuhl concludes. eGo, DDPHE and DHA also want to thank the 11th Hour Foundation, the Denver Foundation’s Environmental Affinity Group, National Car Charging, and the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) for their support of this project.. www.carshare.org

Front Range Passenger Rail Study

The Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission (Passenger Rail Commission) and the Colorado Department of Transportation are requesting proposals to study the feasibility of a passenger rail system and other multimodal options linking Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins to Denver. The RFP will study how a passenger rail system for this 173-mile corridor, which contains 85% of Colorado’s population, could support the state’s future growth and economy and benefit all Coloradans with sustainable, reliable travel choices. “The Commission is excited to explore how passenger rail can bring sustainable and real congestion relief along our Front Range,” said Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Chair Jill Gaebler. “As our population grows, the I-25 corridor will continue to be a vital link to our economy, moving people and goods while improving connectivity and allowing Colorado to flourish.” Through this study, the Passenger Rail Commission and CDOT will identify different multimodal options to expand transportation options for the front range, as population along the corridor continues to grow.

The options explored through the study will consider a range of technology alternatives for expanding transportation options along the Front Range, providing sustainable capacity for the system, and integrating multimodal options with work to modernize I-25. In order to accelerate progress towards selection of an alternative, the study will streamline multiple required review processes, including the rail passenger service development plan document mandated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and environmental review required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. “To meet the growing needs of our state, Colorado needs a robust, energy efficient, sustainable transportation system that incorporates different modes of travel and provides more choices for the movement of people and goods,” said CDOT Executive Director, Shoshana Lew. “The Passenger Rail Commission and CDOT

look forward to expediting our review of options through a streamlined environmental review process that accelerates delivery of results that will improve safe and efficient travel up and down the Front Range, and keep people and our economy moving.” The Front Range region is forecasted to grow from 4.9 million persons in 2020 to 6.6 million persons in 2045, a 35% increase in total population. The North Front Range/Upper Front Range Region, Larimer and Weld Counties, together will grow 65% from 0.7 million to nearly 1.2 million. El Paso County (Colorado Springs) will grow 39% from 0.7 million to over 1.0 million and the Metro-Denver will grow 27% from 3.3 million to 4.2 million. Pueblo County will grow 27% from 0.17 million to 0.22 million. https://www.codot.gov/about/ southwest-chief-commission-frontrange-passenger-rail

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FYI/Happenings Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center Reveals Multi-Million Dollar Renovation Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center announced the completion of a multimillion dollar renovation to its guestrooms, lobby and public spaces. Managed by Columbia Sussex Columbia Sussex, the 451-room hotel is located in the growing business and economic trading center in the southeastern portion of the Denver metropolitan area, home to several corporations and in close proximity to restaurants, bars and hotels. Denver Tech Center (DTC) is at the junction of I-25 and I-225, allowing for easy access throughout Denver and conveniently situated minutes from downtown, the airport, and steps from the Belleview light rail station. The area surrounding the hotel provides a commanding view of the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies, Pikes Peak to the south, Longs Peak to the north and Mount Evans is straight west. “Our hotel now offers one of the newest accommodations options in DTC and is perfect not only for travelers doing business in the area, but also for leisure guests wanting to stay near downtown Denver and close to many activities and ski resorts nearby, from football games, large concerts and the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater,” said Soham Bhattacharyya, general manager. “We offer a level of upscale quality and a fine attention to detail. Our reimagined public spaces, guestroom design and anticipatory service will allow guests to relax and enjoy their stay.” The hotel’s redesign and renovation juxtaposes the beautiful Denver landscape against the sharp geometry expressed by its location to the DTC. The unexpected approach utilizes a tonal color palette with pops of color inspired by the local landscape, such as sunsets over the mountains and indigenous vegetation, blended with references to tech iconography. Custom printed screens that reflect the blue skies and surrounding landscape separate the in-room beverage center from the bedroom. Contemporary aesthetic and relaxed formality with texture and materials provide guest comfort, and add depth and detail to the space. The renovation at Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center includes: All 451 guestrooms have been thoughtfully designed for ease of working, relaxing and staying connected to who, and what, is most important to guests at any time. Guest rooms welcome guests with home-style conveniences such as free standard Wi-Fi, large HDTVs, and an iHome alarm clock with iPod® connectivity. Upgrading to the Business Plan® room, guests may enjoy beautiful Denver views and extra perks, like complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, bottled water, newspaper, and a pressed shirt every day. Two Presidential Suites, two VIP Suites, five Studio Suites and three Hospitality Suites are perfect for small meetings and gatherings with a stylish parlor, wet bar,

table for six, overstuffed chairs, sleeper sofas and work area. The hotel’s two presidential suites are amongst the largest and most lavish in the DTC offering stunning Rocky Mountain and skyline views that complement the 1,400 square- foot suite, including entrance foyer, living area, wet bar, dining for eight, and work area. These suites offer amenities such as: • 55” LED high definition television • Dining area for 8 people, entry foyer and half bath near foyer • Separate work area with enhanced work desk lighting • Three or more telephones with speakerphone and voicemail • Marble bath with plush robes and KenetMD bathroom amenities The public spaces include the Hyatt Regency brand’s signature open lobby and spacious check-in kiosks, indoor swimming pool that allows for year-round enjoyment and the only parking structure in the DTC allowing guests to avoid inclement weather. For meetings and functions, the hotel offers complimentary local transportation within five miles of the hotel, and the renovated guest accommodations make the hotel the smart choice for both large and small events. The hotel’s atrium glass lobby is a signature meeting space, part of the 30,000 square feet of meeting and function space that has been renovated, including beautiful ballrooms, flexible conference rooms, boardrooms, and the Highlands Amphitheater. The redesigned Centennial Ballroom on the 12th floor of the hotel offers endless event opportunities and panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and Downtown Denver. The tech-savvy hotel has everything planners need for a seamless and successful event—from high-tech audiovisual equipment and Wi-Fi to a fullservice business center. In addition to renovating the two dining outlets, restaurant menus have been revamped as well. Root25 is a nod to the historic recipes that pubs, bistros, and watering holes have offered for hundreds of years while demonstrating locality, seasonality, and playful modern approaches. Root25 offers a rotating selection of the finest craft beers and ales from the region along with craft cocktails honoring the classic speakeasies. The space is a perfect complement of modern and rustic, offering a warm and inviting atmosphere where one or even a crowd may unwind and toast the day. Guests with limited time can stop by Perks for high-quality food on-the-go, including Starbucks beverages, freshly baked muffin and breakfast sandwiches prior to a meeting or a wide variety of snack and meal items, from chef-prepared sandwiches to salads and pizza. For more information about Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, please call 303.779.1234 or visit https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/colorado/hyattregency-denver-tech-center/denve

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CDOT On Bringing Electric Vehicles To Colo.

Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director Shoshana Lew, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Executive Director Jill Hunsacker Ryan and Colorado Energy Office Executive Director Will Toor issued the following statement: “We thank automakers and dealers for their commitment to expanding the electric vehicle market in Colorado. Over the past four weeks, we have had numerous conversations about opportunities, challenges, and the intricate nature of the rapidly-evolving electric vehicle market. The depth of these conversations and identification of common objectives will prove invaluable as we work together to provide cleaner options for Coloradans. “Despite good faith efforts by all parties, we were unable to reach agreement on a voluntary approach that could be considered as a potential alternative to the zero emission vehicle (ZEV) standard. “We appreciate the ongoing collaboration from all parties, and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Association of Global Automakers’ stated commitment to working constructively with the State of Colorado and other parties through the rulemaking process. Under the Clean Air Act, a ZEV rule

adopted by Colorado will be effective in Calendar Year 2022. However, we are optimistic that ongoing dialog with automakers through the rulemaking process will make more electric vehicle models available to Coloradans as soon as next year.” . www.codot.gov

Mount Evans Highway Open For The Season Mount Evans Highway (State Highway 5) is open to the public for the season as of 8 a.m. Friday, June 7. Please note that the highway will be closing again at 8 p.m. Friday night and will remain closed until noon on Saturday, June 8 for the Mount Evans Ascent race. Following that, Mount Evans Highway will be open to the public as normal. Because of all the remaining snow surrounding the highway, motorists are reminded to take it slow, be aware, and drive safely on the roadway. Mount Evans Highway typically is opened to the summit of Mount Evans (14,264 feet) for the summer on the Friday before Memorial Day. Due to multiple late spring snowfalls, the opening of the highway was delayed as maintenance crews with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) needed to continue clearing the highway of snow and ice to ensure safe road conditions for drivers visiting Mount Evans. CDOT crews worked throughout the month of May clearing snow along the highway from the gates at Echo Lake Lodge to the summit of Mount Evans, which is the highest paved road in North America. A behind the scenes video of this process is available at this link: https://youtu.be/g0nntLD-OIY.

Information regarding the opening and closing of seasonal roads can be found at all times at cotrip.org You can sign up for customized travel alerts via text and email on CDOT’s website. For more information about Mount Evans, visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ arp/mountevans. You can also call the Clear Creek Ranger’s District at 303567-4382 or stop by the Idaho Springs Visitor’s Center at 2060 Miner Street, east of downtown Idaho Springs. .

Free Bike Repair Kits at Denver Libraries

Community Active Living Coalition (CALC), a program of the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) and Denver Public Libraries (DPL) want to make it easier for you to strap on a helmet, bike to work or play, and help save the environment one pedal at a time. DDPHE, along with DPL, have teamed up to provide bicycle repair kits at all 26 libraries. And it won’t cost you a penny to fix a flat or reattach a slipped chain. All you need is a library card to check out the repair tools for up to two hours. If you don’t have a library card. No sweat. Staff can get you signed up instantly. Each kit contains basic tools to repair tires or adjust your ride: • One dual-valve pump with pressure gauge for inflating tires • One set of Allen and 15mm wrenches for minor adjustments • One adjustable wrench for minor adjustments • One set of tire levers to remove/ replace a tire

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Denver Union Station Summer Concert Series

Denver Union Station’s Summer Concert Series is returning to the Terminal Bar Patio this summer, featuring a stellar lineup of three prominent Colorado bands. The FREE Denver Union Station Summer Concert Series will be held for three Friday’s on the Terminal Bar’s expanded patio from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The 2019 line-up includes: Friday, June 28th: Stillhouse Junkies – Finalists in the 2018 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, this Durango trio plays a unique mix of roots, blues, funk, swing & bluegrass Friday, July 26th – Strange Americans – Fresh from their national tour, this five-member Denver band plays energizing “no frills rock and roll” Friday, Aug. 30th: Heavy Diamond Ring – An all-American folk rock band featuring Sarah Anderson, Paul DeHaven, Blake Stepan, Mike Lang and Orion Tate The Terminal Bar will be serving variety of snacks, local brews and wine on tap. There is no cover charge but guests must be 21 years old to consume alcohol. For more information, please visit https://unionstationindenver.com/ events/

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Arts LoDown Call for Artists New Hentzell Park Project

Funding for this project comes from the City of Denver’s 1% for Public Art Ordinance with a generous portion of the budget provided by the Office of Denver City Councilwoman Kendra Black. For more information on this and other Denver Public Art opportunities, please visit www.denverpublicart.org/for-artists

The City and County of Denver is pleased to announce a Hentzell Park Denver Public Art commission. The Denver Arts & Venues Public Art Program seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create an original work of art for Cherry Creek Trail at Havana Street, near the Joe Shoemaker School (3333 S. Havana St.). This Public Art project offers an exciting opportunity to engage students at Joe Shoemaker in the creative process. This project should celebrate the students as well as the Hampden and Kennedy communities, and engage with trail-users by incorporating the ecology, environment and public space of Cherry Creek. The selection panel seeks artworks appropriate for Shoemaker School students and the users of the Cherry Creek Trail. Ideal artworks will integrate into the built environment, respect the natural scenery, provide a sense of excitement and discovery, and speak to the history and topography of the site. The commission amount is approximately $35,000 USD and the call is open to artists or artist teams residing in Colorado. Applications will be accepted at www.callforentry.org through Monday, July 1, 11:59 p.m.

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the possible detrimental impact of guilt, as people contemplate the impact of their own behavior on future generations.” Treating patients for psychological distress about a changing environment is not exactly new—but it is niche. In 2011, a New York Times article highlighted an organization called the International Community for Ecopsychology, which currently has a modest directory of 31 therapists specializing in environment-related distress. At the time, a spokesperson for the American Psychological Association told the paper the APA was neutral towards the new field, but was “certainly watching it.” Now the APA is throwing its full weight behind it, urging broad recognition of the connection between mental health and climate change: That the changing environment is a legitimate source of distress already affecting many people, and it has the potential to be psychologically destabilizing. “To compound the issue, the psychological responses to climate change, such as conflict avoidance, fatalism, fear, helplessness, and resignation are growing,” the APA notes. “These responses are keeping us, and our nation, from properly addressing the core causes of and solutions for our changing climate, and from building and supporting psychological resiliency.” https://qz.com/daily-brief

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Depression, anxiety, grief, despair, stress—even suicide: The damage of unfolding climate change isn’t only counted in water shortages and wildfires, it’s likely eroding mental health on a mass scale, too, reports the American Psychological Association, the preeminent organization of American mental health professionals. Direct, acute experience with a changing climate—the trauma of losing a home or a loved one to a flood or hurricane, for example— can bring mental health consequences that are sudden and severe. After Hurricane Katrina, for example, suicide and suicidal ideation among residents of areas affected by the disaster more than doubled according to a paper led by Harvard Medical School, while one in six met the criteria for PTSD, according to a Columbia University-led paper. Elevated PTSD levels have also been found among people who live through wildfires and extreme storms, sometimes lasting several years. Moreover, when a person is under chronic stress, their levels of the “stress hormone” cortisol increases. Over long periods of time, chronic stress has been shown to suppress the immune system, “leaving people more vulnerable to pathogens in the air and water,” the researchers write. In other words, mental health is intimately linked with physical health, and prolonged despair can lead to disease. If you haven’t heard the news, More often than not, people it’s officially tick season in Denver with low incomes, people of color, and they are back with a vengeance! and indigenous people will feel Due to a wet spring, tick numbers are www.lodoangels.org lodoangels@gmail.com 720-455-LODO these impacts first, and in many cases, already are, the APA writes. There’s a litany of mental From Planned Parenthood health conditions linked to directly experiencing the impacts of climate change—whether acute or chronic—according to the APA: • trauma and shock • PTSD • compounded stress • strains on social relationships • depression • anxiety • suicide • substance abuse Planned Parenthood is proud to offer the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health care to everybody - no • aggression and violence matter your race, income, zip code, immigration status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Call 1-800-230-PLAN • loss of autonomy and control or visit pprm.org to find the Planned Parenthood health center nearest you. • loss of personal and occupational identity Planned Parenthood is proud to offer the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health care to everybody - no • feelings of helplessness, fear, income, zip code, immigration status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Call 1-800-230-PLAN matter your race, and fatalism or visit pprm.org to find the Planned Parenthood health center nearest you. Some people “are deeply affected by feelings of loss, helplessness, and frustration due to their inability to feel like they are making a difference in stopping climate change,” writes the APA. “Some writers [of research papers] stress

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Animal Matters "No-Kill" and the Crisis at the Pueblo Animal Shelter You may have seen in the news the recent stories about the crisis at the Pueblo animal shelter. MaxFund was pleased to be able to transfer 51 dogs and 25 cats from Pueblo to Denver, and they are now receiving loving care at MaxFund (some have already found foster homes). Immediately upon hearing of the crisis, MaxFund Executive Director Nanci Suro dispatched to Pueblo a crew consisting of Shelter Manager Cheryl Stapleton, Veterinarian Erin Davezac, Vet Tech Jessica Ruiz, and other staff members. After an overnight stay, they were allowed to take every single animal who remained at the Pueblo shelter after other shelters had selected animals to rescue. We made sure that the Pueblo shelter was empty! These dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens, many of whom need medical care, are settling in, knowing that they are loved and safe. We hope you'll visit when they're ready for adoption... and perhaps take home a new family member! Dog and cat lovers know that "it takes a village" to rescue animals in

need. We could not fulfill our mission without the generosity of the individuals and businesses that support our efforts. Thank you for the outpouring of help; we will need every dollar, every blanket and towel, every can of cat food, every bag of dog food, every volunteer, and every loving foster and adoptive home, in the coming days, weeks, and months! We also know that rescue requires the efforts of many shelters and rescue groups, and we honor everyone who helped out in the Pueblo crisis. But we were dismayed to see that there were some direct attacks on the "no-kill" philosophy by some, who alleged that the Pueblo crisis reflects an "extreme version" of no-kill. We could not disagree more. That crisis may have stemmed from "nocare," but it was not the result of "nokill," which we have lived by for 31 years. We'd like to share with you in the below link a letter that was written by our Board President to the Pueblo City Council. We hope that it clarifies what no-kill is and isn't. The divisions that a few have sought to create among shelters and rescue are unnecessary. We honor and appreciate all who are in the fight to save homeless, stray, sick, and injured animals. Let's not allow petty human differences to divert us from our mission. You can read the full letter at: https://maxfund.org/pueblo-letter

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The luxury market, considered to be over $1 million, is only about 5% of all sales (about 2,100 sales in 2018). To demonstrate specific market differences, as reported by LIV Sotheby’s International Realty (LIV SIR), the (YTD) figures for the Metro- Denver area (all price ranges) rose 4% in total volume and had a 2% rise in the number of properties sold. The luxury market revealed a 15% increase on total sales volume and an 11% increase in the number

Property taxes are conceived by blending state with county and city districts. I work with buyers from locations across the country and they are pleasantly surprised at how low taxes are compared to where they came from. The property tax rate across the USA averages 1.2% of 1022 assessed value as reported 2210 by USA Today. ColoPearl Street #101 Blake Street #402 3 Beds • one 3 Baths of • 2,771 SF • lowest $950,000 nationwide. 2 Beds • 2 BathsAdd • 1,793 SF rado’s rate is at 0.6%, the to• $869,000 that our weather, good economy, recreational opportunities, cultural and entertainment venues and major sports attractions …. we are pretty darn lucky! Statistics may not always change very much monthly as evidenced on the city neighborhood 1590 Little Raven Street map #904 below. 1143 Auraria Street #204 1 Bed • 2 Baths • 1,260 SF • $650,000

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When you see the term “Average days on market” (DOM), the number you read is accurate but a bit deceiving. Although half the new listings may sell in about a week, most price ranges above the $500’s can take weeks and average months in the upper price ranges. It is helpful to qualify and localize your focus when talking about average price ($500,000), DOM (32 days) or even percentage of list to sale price (98.8%) (May statistics from REColorado.com). Looking at the last category of “list price to sold price” it will vary significantly by price range and will be better qualified by determing if the percentage is from the original price or the current list price (after any price reductions), compared to the selling price.

With interest rates softening to the 4% level, roll up your sleeves and realize it’s possible to overcome all the above concerns. The factor on a 30 year 4% mortgage is $4.77 per 1,000, meaning a 1590 Little Raven Street #507 1401 Wewatta Street #PH4 4 Beds • 5 Baths • 4,071 SF • $3,250,000 2 Beds • 3 Baths SF • $2,000,000 that principal and interest payment on a $400,000 loan• 2,678 is $1,908/ mo (400X4.77); add in taxes and insurance totaling $350-$500/ mo. and you might be spending the same amount or less, not including tax advantages, monthly loan reduction and more. There are many loan opportunities with only 3%-5% down. There are good ways to consolidate debt and increase credit scores. Start by sitting down with an experienced, mortgage loan person1720 and formulate your 1590 Little Raven Street #302 Wynkoop Street #212 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,484 SF • $1,400,000 Beds • 2only Baths •a 2,456 SF • $1,189,000 action plan. Remember a goal without a plan2 …is wish!

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Today’s Denver Real Estate market is very good; just not quite as good as the last 5 years. We are experiencing a balanced and healthy market while moving away from the “Seller’s” market of last summer. For the most part, sellers are unable to dictate their home value beyond what the market will allow (what buyers will pay). Because of the internet, good broker counsel and taking the time to physically shop for homes, buyers are better educated and are making better informed decisions. Available homes for sale are up 6-7% over this time last year, but may take slightly longer to sell, helping buyers shop with less anxiety. This past spring, during the strong selling season, nearly 50% of all new listings went under contract within 8 days. Before you say “WHAT?” let me qualify that more; the high majority of those are in Denver’s average price range. ($500’s) and less, where there are many buyers, making for a more competitive market.

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Real Estate Long-Term Affordable Homeownership Partnerships with City The City and County of Denver announced a groundbreaking new partnership that will create dozens of new affordable homes for purchase and will keep them affordable for the next century. Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO) has negotiated pending contracts with three housing partners, which in total will create 79 affordable home ownership units citywide for moderate-income households, and, following months of work alongside the Globeville, Elyria-Swansea (GES) Affordable Housing Collaborative and their partners, will make possible land acquisition for future construction of multifamily affordable housing in the GES neighborhoods. Through a land trust model, the majority of these units will be permanently affordable through a 99-year ground lease. “Working families make up the backbone of our city and these partnerships will make it possible for people to purchase an affordable home for generations to come,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “These agreements are the result of months of work to find the right solution for our neighborhoods to address their housing needs while maintaining the essential fabric of these communities.”

to sale to households earning up to 80 percent of the area median income (up to $52,000 for a single-person household, or up to $66,850 for a family of three). Exploring the land trust concept is a key recommendation of the city’s five-year housing plan, Housing an Inclusive Denver. Community land trusts involve a local nonprofit acquiring a parcel of land and pledging to use it for purposes that benefit the neighborhood, including affordable housing. The nonprofit builds a home on the land and sells it to someone in need. The nonprofit retains ownership of the land that the house sits on, leasing it to the homeowner for a designated time period, typically 99 years. A pending contract with Elevation Community Land Trust provides $3 million to support the development of 60 income-restricted homeownership units citywide, with the exception of the GES neighborhoods. Elevation will acquire properties to be placed into a land trust to ensure permanent affordability for a minimum of 99 years. Properties may include vacant land, existing single-family homes targeted for rehabilitation, and multifamily properties, ranging from two to ten units, to be converted to affordable condominiums. “In the face of gentrification and increasingly out of reach home prices,

Proposed investments totaling $5.5 million will create long-term affordable homeownership opportunities throughout the city, while placing a targeted focus on the GES neighborhoods. The City worked with the GES Coalition for several months to develop a model that adds multifamily affordable housing and ensures the units are permanently affordable through a 99-year ground lease. In addition to the GES Affordable Housing Collaborative, proposed contract partners also include Elevation Community Land Trust, and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. The pending agreements largely call for the acquisition of existing properties, which would then be refurbished prior

the community land trust model is a tool to prevent displacement and provide economic opportunity to hardworking families who want to stay in the neighborhoods they love. Elevation Community Land Trust looks forward to working alongside the City of Denver in ensuring there is a home and an opportunity for everyone,” said Stefka Fanchi, CEO of Elevation Community Land Trust. A pending $2 million contract with the GES Affordable Housing Collaborative, which consists of Brothers Redevelopment, Inc., the GES Coalition and the Colorado Community Land Trust supports land acquisition of one site within GES, suitable for development of a multitude of multifamily housing units. Additionally, the contract supports production of nine income-restricted homes in the GES neighborhoods, each of which would be placed into the Colorado Community Land Trust for at least 99 years. “Brothers Redevelopment is honored to work alongside the City of Denver and our partners in the GES Affordable Housing Collaborative, including the Colorado Community Land Trust and the GES Coalition, as we work together to create new affordable housing options for the residents of Globeville, Elyria-Swansea,” said Jeff Martinez, president of Brothers Redevelopment. “Leveraging this historic investment and working together

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Real Estate ■ Continued from page 15 to establish a new community land trust for residents of these proud and historic neighborhoods, we can maintain long-term affordability, prevent displacement of multigenerational families, and promote stability throughout the community.” A pending $485,000 contract with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver will support the acquisition and refurbishing of 10 homes for future affordable for-sale housing. Long-term affordability will be ensured through a 90-year restricted covenant. “Habitat for Humanity has been building and preserving affordable homeownership in Denver for 40 years,” shares Heather Lafferty, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. “We know how impactful long-term affordable homeownership can be for families, neighborhoods, and entire communities. With this important funding from the City of Denver, we’re excited to preserve even more affordable housing for hardworking, income-qualified families.” The partnerships with Elevation Community Land Trust and the GES Affordable Housing Collaborative require approval by Denver City Council prior to implementation. Contracts are anticipated to be presented to City Council in the coming weeks. “These partnerships go a long way toward preserving affordable home ownership opportunities throughout Denver,” said Britta Fisher,

Chief Housing Officer of DEDO. “These proposed investments build upon our existing housing partnerships and will surely serve as a model upon which we can expand future homeownership opportunities.” https://www.denvergov.org/content/dam/denvergov/

Denver Homes Prices Expect to Peak In June The median single-family home price in April hit $444,000, less than 1 percent higher than the same time last year, according to the Denver Metro Association of Realtors (DMAR) most recent Market Trends report. That’s a significant slowing compared to the previous two years in which home prices jumped 9 percent and 8 percent. “We are reaching our peak. There's only so much farther we can go as far as home prices,” said Heather Heuer, chair of DMAR. “I have seen homes that have had thirty offers or more. Now we're seeing two to five.” The market is settling in large part to an inventory increase. There were a couple thousand more single family homes available in April, about 36 percent more than a year ago. Homes spent a median 12 days on the market in April, double that of last year. “You have a lot more options. And then, ultimately, you may be able to talk to the seller a little bit about some wiggle room or concessions that you

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might want,” Heuer said. Heuer said those concessions are being made right now and to expect pricing peaks to hit at the end of June. “If they can wait until that July or August timeframe when we'll have a slower market because it will be a higher inventory, prices will start to drop, that's their best bet to get into homes," Heuer said..

Monaco One Fifty Five Condos Selling Fast

Monaco One Fifty Five at Crestmoor Heights is experiencing strong sales momentum, and has only 12 homes remaining for purchase. The new condo development -- which includes 41 low-maintenance condominiums with starting prices as low as $320,000 -- is located at 155 South Monaco Parkway, steps from Crestmoor Park in the Crestmoor neighborhood, one of Denver’s most desirable communities. The new condominiums are the latest addition to the Crestmoor Heights Development, which has enjoyed tremendous success during the past 24 months. Tours of Monaco One Fifty Five are available Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and special promotional pricing is now available during the final closeout. “It’s a beautiful building with great architecture, in a fantastic location,” said Brill, who walks her dog almost every day in Crestmoor Park. “Being able to own my home in a safe, secure and quiet setting is what made the decision such an easy one.” “There are many people who want to own a condominium in Denver, but prices in the newer developments are skyrocketing and not attainable for most,” said Peter Kudla, of Monaco One Fifty Five. “Our condominiums are more reasonably priced and provide a boutique-style of living in a great location, alongside one of the city’s most cherished parks. Monaco One Fifty Five is the perfect option for people who want a comfortable place to live in a community-setting, without a lot of unnecessary added amenities and expenses. We’ve achieved our goal of delivering low maintenance homes that are addressing the demands of buyers who want stylish and functional living spaces, within their price range.” The condominiums at Monaco One Fifty Five are priced from $320,000 to $540,000 and include one bedrooms, one bedroom plus a den, and two bedroom units that range in size from 700 square feet to 1334 square feet.

Some of the design features include beautiful views of Crestmoor Park, expansive floor to ceiling windows, underground garage parking, elevator access, Kitchen Aid appliances, and upgraded interior finishes. *There is currently a limited time Builder Promotion underway, offering $10,000 to $30,000 off (towards the sales price, closing cost, and/or the prepaid HOA). Call 720-840-0484 for details. The Crestmoor Heights sales center is located at 155 South Monaco Parkway. More information is available by calling 720-840-0484 or at www.crestmoorheights.com

More Homes Than Ever For Sale In Metro Denver The number of homes for sale in the Denver metro area saw another big jump last month, reaching its highest level in nearly six years. According to new monthly data released by the Denver Metro Association of Realtors, May ended with 8,891 active listings, an increase of nearly 27 percent from the month before and a 38 percent increase from May 2018. May’s inventory was also the highest the market has seen since November 2013, when there were 9,352 homes on the market at month’s end, according to DMAR. That’s good news for prospective buyers who have been frustrated by a lack of options in Denver’s red-hot real estate market. “The market has been experiencing a drought of new homes for years, so the increase in inventory is a welcome relief for thirsty buyers,” said DMAR Market Trends Committee Chair and Denver-area Realtor Jill Schafer. “Sellers have been experiencing an unprecedented increase in values. Even with the added inventory, prices were still up a bit.” May saw a slight increase in Denver’s median sold price, which hit $431,000 for the entire residential market, including both condos and single-family detached homes. Condos continue to be more affordable than single-family homes, selling for a median of $315,000 in May compared to $470,000 for detached homes. Denver is still a seller’s market, but homes are staying on the market longer than this time last year, meaning buyers have a little more time to haggle for a good price. “There has also been more negotiating,” Schafer said. “The close-to-list price ratio dropped to 99.35 percent year to date. At this point in the past four years, sellers were getting, on average, more than asking price. Home sellers still have control across the housing price ranges, but a little give and take makes buyers feel better.”.

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